Monday, June 07, 2010

Malaysia obsessing over Israeli ad nauseum

Today's online version of The Star has, at last count, nine articles related to Israel.  The Malaysian obsession with Israel is equal measures astounding and ridiculous. Discussion of Israel and its policies is certainly warranted on any number of issues--occupied land, divided cities, refugees, the use of force, blockades, and so on.  But the Malaysian government and their media largely follows the world media lead and focuses almost solely on Israel, and to a lesser extent the US as well.  This is doing Malaysians a vast disservice by ignoring what other countries are doing.

Occupied land? Turkey, the sponsor of the recent so-called 'humanitarian boatlift' to Gaza, has occupied half of Greek island of Cyprus since a 1974 military invasion. In so doing, they have cleaved its capital Nicosia into two halves and have maintained this division for over 30 years. Where is the Malaysian outrage over this case of occupation and naked aggression? And then there's the occupation of Tibet by China for over 50 years and running.  Or the occupation of parts of Georgia by Russia since 2008.  Are Malaysians going to organize boat lifts to Georgia or convoys to Tibet anytime soon? Don't hold your breath.

Disproportionate force? Lest anyone forget, in the past 15 years, the Russians systematically leveled a major city, Grozny, in not one but two wars. Imagine the amount of explosives needed to methodically dynamite a modern city--block after block demolished into rubble. Was this the proper response to a Muslim insurgency? Good luck finding any discussion of this pertinent question on any Malaysian website, let alone any major Malaysian newspapers or TV stations.

The killing of Muslims? Consider the fact that Chinese police and soldiers have in recent years killed hundreds, maybe thousands of Uighurs--Muslims--in western China. Many if not most of these people are, or were, innocent civilians. The truth may never be known about these killings, as the Chinese government has imposed a near-total media blackout. Again, no outrage let alone discussion of these unpardonable crimes can be found in the The Star or any other Malaysian publication.

How is it that we all know the name Rachel Corrie, but none of the names of any of the faceless Kurds who have been scythed down by decades of Turkish, Iraqi or Iranian repression in their quest for their own homeland? Is the dream of free Kurdistan somehow less worthy than the quest for a 'free Palestine'? Apparently so, according to Malaysia's Prime Minister and the media he permits to operate.

I could go on, but the point remains. And that point is this--it is strange and more than a little frightening that so many Malaysians, officially or otherwise, focus so much attention on one nation for a number of issues that they completely ignore in other countries.

UPDATE:  This column is now posted at Malaysia Today.

Sunday, June 06, 2010

Malaysia welcomes home "national heroes"

The 12 Malaysian 'activists' who were onboard the jihad flotilla flagship Mavi Marmara arrived home today in Kuala Lumpur to a hero's welcome, greeted by no less a personage than Malaysia's Prime Minister.

(Prime Minister) Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak said Sunday the 12 Malaysian activists who were on board a Gaza-bound aid ship subjected to a violent and bloody Israeli attack on Monday had achieved a huge moral victory for Malaysia and its people.

The prime minister said the incident involving the Turkish ship Mavi Marmara, in which nine Turkish activists were killed, had sparked worldwide awareness of the atrocities of the Israeli regime, leading to global condemnation, including in the United States.

Najib spoke at a homecoming reception at his residence here for the 12 Malaysian activists came home early Sunday.

Notice that this Malaysian newspaper never departs from the official line, uses the term 'Israeli regime' and attempts to delegitimize the democratically-elected Israeli government at every opportunity.

And he calls this a 'moral' victory for Malaysia. What if there was a big pile of Jewish (I mean 'Israeli') bodies on the decks of the Mavi Marmara or at the bottom of the sea, Mr. Prime Minister. Would that be a great military victory for the Malaysian regime?

So I thought it would be pertinent to hear from one of those 'activists' that accompanied those heroic Malaysians. What exactly was on this activist's agenda?



Consider the terms 'Muslim activist' and 'terrorist'. It's a distinction without a difference.

Thursday, June 03, 2010

Israel's Legal Right To Attack The Flotilla

The only thing I think Israel made a mistake in was in sending commandos on the boat. In my opinion they should have torpedoed the crap out of the ship.

Reuters: Q&A: Is Israel's naval blockade of Gaza legal?

(Reuters) - Israel has said it will continue a naval blockade of the Gaza Strip despite growing global pressure to lift the siege after a navy raid on a Turkish ferry carrying aid killed nine activists this week.

What is the legality of the blockade and did Israel's intervention breach international law? Below are some questions and answers on the issue:

CAN ISRAEL IMPOSE A NAVAL BLOCKADE ON GAZA?

Yes it can, according to the law of blockade which was derived from customary international law and codified in the 1909 Declaration of London. It was updated in 1994 in a legally recognized document called the "San Remo Manual on International Law Applicable to Armed Conflicts at Sea."

Under some of the key rules, a blockade must be declared and notified to all belligerents and neutral states, access to neutral ports cannot be blocked, and an area can only be blockaded which is under enemy control.

"On the basis that Hamas is the ruling entity of Gaza and Israel is in the midst of an armed struggle against that ruling entity, the blockade is legal," said Philip Roche, partner in the shipping disputes and risk management team with law firm Norton Rose.

WHAT ARE INTERNATIONAL WATERS?

Under the U.N. Convention of the Law of the Sea a coastal state has a "territorial sea" of 12 nautical miles from the coast over which it is sovereign. Ships of other states are allowed "innocent passage" through such waters.

There is a further 12 nautical mile zone called the "contiguous zone" over which a state may take action to protect itself or its laws.

"However, strictly beyond the 12 nautical miles limit the seas are the "high seas" or international waters," Roche said.

The Israeli navy said on Monday the Gaza bound flotilla was intercepted 120 km (75 miles) west of Israel. The Turkish captain of one of the vessels told an Istanbul news conference after returning home from Israeli detention they were 68 miles outside Israeli territorial waters.

Under the law of a blockade, intercepting a vessel could apply globally so long as a ship is bound for a "belligerent" territory, legal experts say.

CAN ISRAEL USE FORCE WHEN INTERCEPTING SHIPS?

Under international law it can use force when boarding a ship.

"If force is disproportionate it would be a violation of the key tenets of the use of force," said Commander James Kraska, professor of international law at the U.S. Naval War College.

Israeli authorities said marines who boarded the Turkish vessel Mavi Marmara opened fire in self-defense after activists clubbed and stabbed them and snatched some of their weapons.

Legal experts say proportional force does not mean that guns cannot be used by forces when being attacked with knives.

"But there has got to be a relationship between the threat and response," Kraska said.

The use of force may also have other repercussions.

"While the full facts need to emerge from a credible and transparent investigation, from what is known now, it appears that Israel acted within its legal rights," said J. Peter Pham, a strategic adviser to U.S. and European governments.

"However, not every operation that the law permits is necessarily prudent from the strategic point of view."

OPPONENTS HAVE CALLED ISRAEL'S RAID "PIRACY." WAS IT?

No, as under international law it was considered a state action.

"Whether what Israel did is right or wrong, it is not an act of piracy. Piracy deals with private conduct particularly with a pecuniary or financial interest," Kraska said.

HAVE THERE BEEN ANY SHIPPING DISRUPTIONS AFTER THE RAID?

None so far but the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS), an association which represents 75 percent of the world's merchant fleet, has expressed "deep concern" over the boarding by Israeli forces, arguing that merchant ships have a right to safe passage and freedom of navigation in international waters.

"These fundamental principles of international law must always be upheld by all of the world's nations," the ICS said.


Here's the part of the San Remo document that gives Israel the legal right to attack the flotilla:

SECTION V : NEUTRAL MERCHANT VESSELS AND CIVIL AIRCRAFT

Neutral merchant vessels

67. Merchant vessels flying the flag of neutral States may not be attacked unless they:

(a) are believed on reasonable grounds to be carrying contraband or breaching a blockade, and after prior warning they intentionally and clearly refuse to stop, or intentionally and clearly resist visit, search or capture;
(b) engage in belligerent acts on behalf of the enemy;
(c) act as auxiliaries to the enemy s armed forces;
(d) are incorporated into or assist the enemy s intelligence system;

Tuesday, June 01, 2010

Flotilla Jihadists and their Flaky Friends

The latest incident involving the Israelis and their armed forces, being painted as evil warmongers, has been successfully orchestrated by Hamas and their Muslim/leftist/jihadist allies. This time, the action is on the high seas, near the Israeli coast.

Hamas is totally unable to effectively fight Israel via military means, despite lavish backing from their Iranian and Muslim friends. Unfortunately they do fight a successful war against their foes in the theater of information warfare. Their latest 'success' is the portrayal of a sea-based provocation as a 'massacre' and a 'war crime'.

Armed Navy ships escorted boats from the Gaza protest flotilla to Ashdod on Monday afternoon, hours after IDF soldiers and activists clashed in a fatal raid.

International activists aboard the ships opened fire on IDF soldiers who boarded the ships to prevent them from breaking the Israeli-imposed sea blockade, the IDF said Monday.

According to the IDF, the international activists "prepared a lynch" for the soldiers who boarded the ships at about 2 a.m. Monday morning after the soldiers called on them to stop, or follow them to the Ashdod Port several hours earlier.

According to IDF reports, at least 15 activists were killed during the ensuing clashes and dozens were wounded. Some of the wounded were evacuated to Israeli hospitals by Air Force helicopters.

Five Navy commandos were also wounded, some of them from gunfire. At least two soldiers were seriously wounded.

In international reactions, Turkey, Sweden and Greece summonsed their Israeli ambassadors for discussions on the violence.

...Upon boarding the ships, the soldiers encountered fierce resistance from the passengers who were armed with knives, bats and metal pipes. The soldiers used non-lethal measures to disperse the crowd. The activists, according to an IDF report, succeeded in stealing two handguns from soldiers and opened fire, leading to an escalation in violence.

Al Jazeera on Monday broadcasted footage from the Gaza flotilla's lead vessel, the Mavi Marmara, showing Israeli Navy commandos boarding the ship. Helicopters could also be seen flying overhead.

"It was like a well-planned lynch," one IDF officer said. "These people were anything but peace activists."...
The video plainly shows what happens when the so-called 'peace activists' did the moment they got within arm's length of the Israeli commandoes...



The facts speak for themselves. Never mind what the Muslims or the media are saying over and over on every frequency--the above shows what really happened.

Despite the fact that the floating jihadists were warned, repeatedly, and that the supposed humanitarian supplies could have been quietly routed via an Egyptian or Israeli port, Malaysia, of course and right on cue, is toeing the line and keeping with the prevailing fiction...

Malaysia had yesterday urged the United Nations Security Council to censure the Israeli regime over the attack.

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak had said that Malaysia would propose the matter be deliberated on by the Security Council soonest possible.

Who is going to explode this pitiful narrative? Is anyone in this wastrel of a country up to this paramount task?